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Today's Opinions

  • Election snafu costs us all in voter confidence

    There probably isn’t anyone beating himself up out there worse than Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway last week.

    You could see it in his face Friday as the commission and witnesses dealt with the problem of an uncounted early-vote card from a Harriman precinct voting machine.

    But voting is serious business in a democracy, and so we feel we must add our voice to those criticizing the mistake.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Should Mrs. Rice be punished & the way we talk

    Gentle reader, as we write this column, the election looms, but has not yet occurred, so that virtually anything we might say in regard to that topic would, by the time of publication, be outdated. So, instead we will address a small collection of random thoughts and ideas that have occurred to us, or been brought to mind, over the past few days.
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  • Pollution from animal waste can be cut by us

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by  animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective  discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered the ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Drop the Blue Devil logo if you want Harriman to thrive

    Does anyone in Harriman want to see revival? Thriving businesses, inspired youth, delivered adults, honored   elders?  

    Harriman is filled with empty, decaying buildings, few businesses, oppression, sickness, substance abuse, no senior center and nowhere for kids and adults to have clean fun!  

    Why?  We are in a spiritual battle of good and evil; our unconscious choices of service will determine our lives.

  • Many backs turned on puppy in hot vehicle

    I am writing this to get one point across to your readers: NEVER leave a living creature inside a hot car unattended and without water.

    I am writing this letter out of concern for a very disturbing situation I recently experienced.

    I was going to my car after shopping at Pinnacle Pointe in Midtown when I heard a little puppy yelping as loud as he could.

  • Kelley gets need to keep church, state separate

    I support Commissioner Steve Kelley’s vote against the proposal to post “In God We Trust” at the courthouse.

    It is good to know we have at least one commissioner who understands the concerns of the nonreligious residents of Roane County and tries to maintain the separation of church and state.

    Kelley has every right to his own beliefs, as does everyone else. I think it is inappropriate for the other commissioners to denigrate any person’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.

    Dorothy Kosken
    Rockwood
     

  • GUEST OPINION: Kingston: A case for thoughtful planning made

    By GEOFFREY A. WHITEHEAD
    Kingston has, in the past, recognized the intrinsic value of having trees, forests and greenbelt areas, environmental qualities that give character to the historic city nestled in the wooded ridges of the Clinch and Tennessee river valleys.  

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher/Historian: Another View on Polarization

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.
    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.
    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.
    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    We Americans appear lost.